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SubjectRe: swapping when there's a free memory
On Thu, 22 Apr 2010 02:55:58 +0200 (CEST)
Mikulas Patocka <mikulas@artax.karlin.mff.cuni.cz> wrote:

> Hi

You had the wrong address for linux-mm. Perhaps that explains the lack
of response <whistles innocently>.

> I captured this output of vmstat. The machine was freeing cache and
> swapping out pages even when there was a plenty of free memory.
>
> The machine is sparc64 with 1GB RAM with 2.6.34-rc4. This abnormal
> swapping happened during running spadfsck --- a fsck program for a custom
> filesystem that caches most reads in its internal cache --- so it reads
> buffers and allocates memory at the same time.
>
> Note that sparc64 doesn't have any low/high memory zones, so it couldn't
> be explained by filling one zone and needing to allocate pages in it.
>
> This abnormal behavior doesn't happen everytime, it happend about twice
> for many spadfsck attempts.
>
> Mikulas
>
> 1 0 36736 289176 389504 57200 0 0 9776 0 346 292 34 36 0 31
> 1 0 36736 260496 402664 57200 0 0 13167 0 459 426 12 41 0 48
> 1 0 36736 231936 415464 57200 0 0 12800 0 422 333 22 35 0 44
> 1 0 36736 206016 426984 57200 0 0 11520 0 408 319 36 35 0 30
> 1 0 36736 193056 432360 57200 0 0 5376 0 240 195 61 18 0 21
> *** here it starts unreasonable swappping and cache-trimming
> 0 2 59216 200136 429424 47992 0 22528 3216 22528 219 194 55 25 0 20
> 1 1 68096 194376 431880 45192 0 8960 4896 8968 311 292 58 34 0 8
> procs -----------memory---------- ---swap-- -----io---- -system-- ----cpu----
> r b swpd free buff cache si so bi bo in cs us sy id wa
> 1 1 74752 179856 438632 43240 0 6656 8456 6656 387 348 36 29 0 36
> 2 1 78824 165336 444944 42136 0 4096 7939 4104 400 452 43 27 0 31
> 0 2 86368 152736 449416 41008 0 7552 8069 7552 387 376 48 30 0 23
> 2 1 94400 159696 434344 38920 0 8064 9624 8072 483 443 30 40 0 31
> 2 0 102688 150696 435104 37992 0 8304 7504 8304 355 366 32 27 0 42
> 2 2 105768 168696 411672 34816 0 3088 9144 3104 450 416 52 27 0 21
> 2 2 111384 183576 394016 34416 8 5640 3640 5728 322 282 62 27 0 11
> 1 1 117056 266256 318136 29536 128 5672 136 5688 153 175 54 24 0 22
> 2 1 117032 259776 321536 29600 240 0 3697 0 253 259 46 16 0 39
> 1 0 117016 243816 329640 29600 0 0 8127 8 399 389 53 35 0 12
> 1 0 116968 241536 330800 29600 64 0 1224 0 156 122 70 18 0 12
> 1 0 114856 300456 292536 29600 64 0 3264 0 190 99 58 34 0 8
> *** here, spadfsck finished
> 0 0 54152 736072 132392 29600 0 0 0 0 84 27 0 60 40 0
> 0 0 54072 736072 132392 29600 0 0 0 0 30 34 3 0 97 0
> 0 1 54064 736640 132392 29632 0 0 32 0 33 51 1 0 93 6
> 3 0 54064 731640 132408 32136 0 0 2512 0 219 425 12 7 0 81
> 0 1 54064 733112 132432 32536 0 0 432 0 155 311 47 29 0 25
> 0 1 54064 732528 132440 32848 0 0 328 0 146 298 43 22 0 36
> 1 0 54064 726960 132448 33456 0 0 616 0 152 175 29 7 0 64
> 0 1 54064 723840 132448 33856 0 0 400 0 163 136 43 2 0 55
> 1 0 54064 720480 132448 34248 0 0 392 0 203 132 45 3 0 52
> 0 1 54064 717056 132448 34496 0 0 248 0 137 91 51 1 0 48
> 1 0 54064 712632 132456 34840 0 0 352 0 145 70 85 3 0 12
> 1 0 54064 710952 132456 34952 0 0 112 0 129 50 92 0 0 8
> 1 0 54064 709872 132456 34952 0 0 0 0 123 24 98 2 0 0
> 1 0 54064 708792 132456 34952 0 0 0 0 121 24 100 0 0 0

That's nuts - we shouldn't have entered page reclaim at all with 20% of
memory on the freelist.



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